Great Russian Short Stories Author:Edited by Norris Houghton Russia revisited ~ — The world of 19th century Russian literature is as fascinating today to the Westen world as it was half a century or more ago. It is a world both exotic and familiar, and it is a world now gone. Yet its characters live - those people with impossibly long names, who talk and love and weep and laugh with equal ease. And they... more » live because the great writers of that age - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov - wrote with fidelity to human nature, with love and pity for all human beings, and with consummate art.
If you already know some of these superb stories, they are worth rereading: if you are discovering them for the first time, so much the better; and, if you think Russians are always sad, you have a surprise in store for you.« less